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jansen, Mayes
named co-captains
for M' football

Off and running


Sullivan back

Bar Alan Goidenbach
Diy Sports Editor
"Junior tackle Jon Jansen and senior
indbacker Eric Mayes have been
voted captains of the Michigan foot-
10 team, coach Lloyd Carr
announced this week.
"Michigan captains are selected by
their teammates on the basis of ability
at their position, courage, enthusiasm
k and outstanding leadership qualities,"
Carr said. "The fact that the captains
are .voted on by their teammates
makes it the finest honor a Michigan
man can receive."
Jansen, a preseason All-America
candidate, was an All-Big Ten selec-
tion last year by both the coaches and
the: media. He has started in all 25
ga'es of his Michigan career. He was
recr4ited as a tight end but moved to
right tackle after being redshirted as a
freshman in 1994.
'Peing named captain is the 2jeat-
*est honor for me in sports," Jansen
said. "To be elected by your peers to
lead them into battle is one of the
greatest honors anyone can have,
esecially at the University of
The selection of Mayes may come
as a surprise to the casual fan, since he
has yet to start a game in his two years
at Michigan. He transferred from
Xavier (La.), a school without a foot-
ball team, and walked on to the team
1during spring practice in 1995.
p1iwas able to work hard and gain
7Portunities ," Mayes said. "The

to lead men' s
cross country


coaches gave me an opportunity to
play, they gave me an opportunity to
work hard and gave me a chance to
just get in.
"From these opportunities, I was
able to take advantage of that and gain
respect from my peers."
Mayes, now in his final year of eli-
gibility, made a splash the last two
years as a special teams player. He
will replace the graduated two-time
captain Jarrett Irons, not only in the
leadership slot, but in his on-the-field
position as well. Mayes will line up at
inside linebacker, next to All-America
hopeful Sam Sword.
"It is a great honor," Mayes said.
"First of all to have your teammates,
your peers, the guys who you depend
upon the most and the guys you want
to respect the most, to feel that you are
capable to lead the team and co-lead
the team and be a captain - is a great
bonor at Michigan."
Jansen and Mayes comprise the
fifth set of co-captains native to
Michigan since Bo Schembechler cre-
ated co-captaincies in 1970. The last
such pair was linebacker Steve
Morrison (Birmingham) and receiver
Walter Smith (Detroit) in 1994.
Jansen calls Clawson home, where
he caught a school-record 31 passes
his senior year for Clawson High
School. Mayes is originally from
Kalamazoo, where he earned eight
varsity letters in football, basketball
and track at Portage Northern High


By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer


In the epic story that is Michigan men's cross coun- _
try coach Ron Warhurst's 23-year tenure, a climax is
approaching. All signs point to this year's Wolverines
eclipsing their best season in school history.
Two names firmly back up that bold statement:
senior Kevin Sullivan and junior John Mortimer.
Sullivan is right back on track two years after he won
the Big Ten championship and finished in the top 10 at
nationals for the third consecutive year. The Canadian,-
who broke his homeland's record in the 1,500-meter
run this summer in Stuttgart, Germany, is fully recov-
ered from the bursitis that plagued his achilles tendon
and forced him to sit out last year's cross country sea-
Mortimer picked up almost all the slack in Sullivan's
absence. The New Hampshire native won Big Tens last
year and also took the cake in almost every regular sea-
son meet.
Thus, Michigan faces a mathematical dilemma. Both
runners are trying to defend their Big Ten crown. But
only one can win. The best competition Michigan faces
in some meets this year will be its own. Warhurst
thinks that put this year's Wolverines in a class above
any other team that ever sauntered through Ann Arbor.
"I'm thinking right now it is" the best, Warhurst
said. "I've got two returning Big Ten champs. No other
team in Michigan history has ever had that before,
because only one guy can win per year."
Warhurst's squads have made the trip to the national'
championship annually in recent history. Michigan's
best showing came in 1992 when the Wolverines sur- '
See HARRIERS, Page 14A A


Michigan cross country runner Kevin Sullivan returns after missing last season with bursitis in his
ankle. He Is back to anchor what is expected to be one of the better teams in Michigan history.


'M' harriers travel north for preseason camp


By Chris Farah
and Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writers
Kids are never too old for summer camp - even
if they happen to be grown college students, running
cross country for one of the nation's premier pro-
That's why Michigan men's cross country coach
Ron Warhurst and women's coach Mike McGuire
took their squads up to Northern Michigan last week
for their annual preseason training camps.
Getting away from the hustle and bustle of Ann
Arbor the week before the beginning of classes
allowed the runners to immerse themselves in five
days of intensive training on the trails of Glen Arbor,
a town in the Leelanau Peninsula. Considering that
the Wolverines' season begins Saturday, the training
was well-needed. ,
The Wolverines stayed on the campus of the
Leelanau School, a boarding school on Lake

Michigan. The runners took advantage of the beau-
tiful setting, plunging into icy Lake Michigan after
workouts and playing volleyball on the beaches.
Despite the fun times that came with the northern
excursion, it wasn't just a tanning opportunity.
Living in rustic cabins out in the woods allowed the
men and women harriers to bond with each other.
Each day consisted of early morning warm-up
runs and grueling afternoon workouts on the dirt
roads of Leelanau County. Every run was followed
by team swims in the frigid lake. The Wolverines
attested to Lake Michigan's healing powers after
long workouts.
"It beats us up because the training is really
tough," senior Kevin Sullivan said. "But we have a
great time. This is good for team bonding.'
While physical preparation is a big factor in the
preseason camp, team chemistry may be the biggest
reason for each team's getaway. The hectic life on
campus doesn't leave a lot of time for reflection and

group dynamics.
"Everybody's together," Warhurst said. "They're
talking about running, and they're talking about,
their goals 24 hours a day. When we get back to
campus, everybody's social life is dictated by what
they do in practice from 3 to 5:30 p.m."
Warhurst initiated the preseason getaway six
years ago in order to help his team focus on the
upcoming season. Since then, the women harriers
and the Michigan volleyball team also have taken
part in week-long sessions at the Leelanau School.
"Ann Arbor can be quite hectic this time of the
year because of the massive amounts of people in
town," Warhurst said. "It's kind of nice to get away
from that, because we're going to have to go back
and face it for the next nine months. This is a nice
enclosed area where we can really focus on what.
we're doing."
The training will soon come in handy. The
See CAMP, Page 14A


Jon Jansen and Eric Mayes replace Jarrett irons and Rod Payne as captains of
the Michigan football team.


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